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Heated Equipment for Skiing

post #1 of 9
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Hello everyone,

 

First time posting on this forum and I am quite new to skiing. I am wondering if anyone can recommend some heated jackets/underwear for skiing in the winter. It gets quite cold when sitting on ski lifts and taking breaks.

 

Thanks,

 

Alex

post #2 of 9

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post #3 of 9
Taken breaks??Ski Florida and you won't get cold. But really dress right and you will never get cold. Boot heaters if your feet get cold I use Hotronics in my boot. Key good base and layer to conditions. Helmet to keep your head warm gose along way.
post #4 of 9

Welcome to the forum....don't mind the trolls.

 

First off, don't wear cotton anywhere.

 

I buy all my base layers and most fleece from www.seirratradingpost.com, you don't need to spend a lot of money for good stuff. I pay $11. for the base layers.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/mens-base-layer-tops~d~376/ 

 

Wickers is there brand, it works great. 

 

www.campmor.com is another place.I still wear there 200wt fleece pants I bought in 1993. I paid $19.00 for them.

 

Outer wear, you want to buy something decent if your going to ski in all kinds of weather. Most of the high end stuff has a life time warranty. I just sent my 15 y/o The North Face gore-tex pants back so they can replace the elastic on the powder cuff's.

post #5 of 9

FIR makes some gloves, vests and jackets.

 

I have heated boots, electric googles for vision and plan to the get an electric vest for body heat for next season.

 

They are nice because you don't have to bulk up to be warm.

post #6 of 9

You don't need heated equipment, just good layering.  Max C is right - no cotton!  Hard to go wrong with wool, fleece and Gore-Tex.  I skied a number of days this past winter at zero degrees F, minus 25 F wind chill and can honestly say I was never cold.  Some of my favorite skiing days, as the snow is fast and the slopes are empty due to the temps.  Ski shell jackets and shell pants are the best as they allow you the most freedom across temperature variations.  I wore the same ski pants and jacket everyday this winter and just vary the number and thickness of the layers underneath.  Warm weather, just a t shirt and the shells.  Coldest weather, wool base layer (think SmartWool brand) including socks and glove liners, then various fleece layers, including mittens, then outer shell layers of Gore-Tex or eVent.  Neck gaiter over high collar on SmartWool top, tucked into fleece collar and pulled up over nose, Gore windstopper hat down over top edge of neck gaiter, and goggles covering every last little bit of remaining skin.  Voila!  Warm and toasty!

post #7 of 9
Layering is key and worrying about being warm over being stylish. Electric underwear? Not needed, sounds pricey and like a good way to get zapped or have a sweating problem. A lot of people are so busy warming their core they forget how much area of your body is on the lower half. Since your lower parts don't get cold, they forget that they shed heat. Buy a larger pair of pants to fit extra layers under.

A thin additional wind breaking layer (yeah, another one) makes an amazing difference.
post #8 of 9

Coldest weather this season was an EMS base 1 layer, an Arcteryx Delta 1/4 zip, and Arcteryx Atom, and Arcteryx Beta AR for damp and wind protection.On warmer days, just let down the zipper or used the pit zips.

 

For boots I have heaters (therm-ic) that use AAA's. The rechargeable are fine but run out of gas mid way through the day when it's coldest, but I can change batteries on the fly.

 

If needed, a thin insulating layer under your helmet will ward off anything required, and a face mask if it's brutally cold.

 

 

BTW, EMS is currently running a 1/2 off deal on factory seconds. VERY good deals to be had.

post #9 of 9
For a helmet liner I wear Turtle Fur shell-a-claver's if it's real cold I wear a Campmor full face shell-a-claver But I hate having my nose and mouth covered.

I have also found that if your hands are cold, grab a handfull of jacket just below your elbows and shake the fabric and move your arm and lay them out straight. I have found that sitting on the chairlift with your arms close to your body and bent the fabric presses on the blood vains in your forarm and cut off blood flow to your hands. I tell that to people on a the lift if I got on in the single line on a cold day, it works.

Also don't hold your poles so tight when skiing, they should float between your thumb and index fingure. If you grip them like your going to loose them you'll have cold hands. My GF is finally learning that. I can look at her now when shes skiing and she knows what I'm going to say. She's only been skiing for 4 years.
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